Girls Education South Sudan

This was a project led by Medical Aid Films  who use innovative media to transform the health and wellbeing of women and children around the world.

This film showcases a ground-breaking education programme in South Sudan, where girls’ lives are being transformed by access to education, in a country where ongoing conflict continues to have a devastating effect on schooling and the education sector.

South Sudan is one of the toughest places on earth to be a girl in 2017. Famine has been declared in parts of the country. People are already dying of hunger. The UN has warned that 100,000 people face starvation, a further one million are on the brink of famine, and half the population face severe food shortages. The conflict that started in December 2013 has left 1.8 million people displaced within the country and a further 1.4 million refugees in neighbouring countries.

Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is an initiative from the Ministry of General Education and Instruction in South Sudan, funded by UK aid from the UK Government. The programme is helping to remove barriers and promote gender equality in the country’s education system. Despite insecurity, economic collapse and logistical struggles, GESS is continuing to successfully deliver its aim of educating the poorest and most vulnerable girls, transforming a generation through girls’ education.

Our film explores the challenges faced by girls, teachers and the community at large, and shares some of the incredible stories of lives changed through this innovative programme. Find out more about how this programme is inspiring, educating and transforming education for a generation of girls in South Sudan. 

Written and edited by Zan Barberton and Scott Radnor. Shot by Zacharias Abubaker with location producer Clemency Fraser. Production Executives for Medical Aid Films, Clemency Fraser and Josie Gallo.